Dick Tracy (1990)


“You get behind me, we all profit; you challenge me, we all go down! There was one Napoleon, one Washington, one me! ” – Big Boy Caprice

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Cable in the 90’s and 11 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Detective Dick Tracy must try and stop the criminals of the city from banding together while at the same time he also must deal with his own personal life.

My Take on it – This is an interesting idea for a film and Warren Beatty does a wonderful job making the character of Dick Tracy come to life on screen and his version of the character works quite well.

They do an amazing job creating all of the various characters and locations of the city follow in step with the comic strip versions which gives us amazing visuals including make-up and art and set direction.

The story itself isn’t perfect yet it still manages to work in these settings.

I loved the way that they chose to incorporate so many of the various criminal elements in this film because each is so unique since it also shows what kind of detective Tracy is since he is the only one who knows how to really stop them all.

The added touch of adding a romance triangle to the film also works because it helps raise the level of maturity of the story which already isn’t for kids despite the fact that it’s all based on a comic strip.

Bottom Line – Beatty is great in the lead role and makes us believe his version of this comic strip character. The make-up and production of this film is amazing to look at yet the story itself is far from perfect.  Loved the way that they found a way to incorporate as many of the various villains as possible in the story to help show how prevalent criminals are in the city even if there is one man who can stop them.  Great touch making Tracy have to deal with both a girlfriend and a nightclub singer at the same time because it adds a more mature level to the storyline which is not for kids at all. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Al Pacino has stated that Madonna flashed him during rehearsals for this movie, opening her coat to reveal that she was naked underneath. Pacino joked that when he is old if he is observed with a beatific smile on his face, it will be because he is recalling the incident. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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